The defeat against Leeds on Saturday was largely depressing for the average Norwich City fan but there was one chink of light in an otherwise desperately dark performance.
Louis Clyde William Thompson made his first league start for the Canaries, since joining over two years ago and he did himself no harm with his performance.
The 21 year old Welsh U21 international caught then City manager, Neil Adams’ eye whilst playing for Swindon Town. A defensive midfielder by trade he cost City a reported £1m and was immediately loaned back to the Wiltshire club for the 2014/15 season.
Swindon reached the League One play off final that season but Thompson missed out through a shoulder injury that saw him miss the season run in and the 4-0 Wembley defeat at the hands of Preston.
The following season 2015/16, saw Louis again return to Swindon on loan before joining the Norwich City first team squad properly, last summer.
I’ve watched Louis Thompson in four league games this season, three of which were in the EFL Cup and on each occasion he has been outstanding. His latest performance against Leeds underlined what a find he was.
Naturally, with Alex Neil in charge, Thompson has plenty of competition ahead of him. Alex Tettey is the first choice defensive midfielder with Youssouf Mulumbu (when he’s not injured) next in line but in my opinion, Thompson is a better bet than both of them.
In recent weeks I’ve thought that Tettey’s form has dipped. Against Preston he had a shocker with a colleague suggesting that ‘he looked like he’d never seen a football before.’
Tettey’s engine and ability to get around the pitch are his real asset, before giving the ball to someone who can actually play. Young Louis can play and he can pick a pass as well as doing the dirty work when called upon.
In the final seconds before Vieira scored that 35 yarder on Saturday, Thompson seemed the only one who was alive to the shot and he (in a one man wall) jumped while everyone else just watched.
My fear, it’s actually more than a fear, more like a resignation, is that Neil will play Tettey in the next game against Derby and Louis will drop to the bench. Thompson won the sponsor man of the match award against Leeds and he was certainly the best Norwich player on display.
Something needs to change in the Canaries’ first team squad and changing it around, whether that be formation, personnel or both seems a must now. If I was in charge, Louis Thompson would be among the first names on my team sheet.